The circus is back in town! No, we’re not talking about the circus with elephants and tigers and clowns dressed in oversized shoes and rainbow colored wigs or the circus that hits your house every mealtime when you’re trying to get dinner on the table but your kids have taken it over with their make shift fort. We’re talking about Cirque du Soleil — the circus where unbelievable feats of balance, strength, and agility are combined with vibrantly costumed characters, over the top set designs, and incredibly expressive music. Set under its iconic blue-and-yellow Big Top at Marymoor Park, Amaluna (the newest Cirque creation!) is nothing less than two hours of family-friendly jaw-dropping entertainment.
What’s the story about?
Taking place on a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon, Amaluna tells the story of a ship of men that end up shipwrecked on the island–and how one particular man falls in love with one of the women. The plot unfolds as the couple faces numerous challenges and overcome daunting setbacks before they achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. If the storyline doesn’t sell you immediately, read on and keep an open mind because we’re pretty sure you and the kiddos will be ahhhh-mazed!
Tricks, and humor, and music. Oh my!
By combining some of the oldest circus tricks in the book (think juggling and balancing) with elements of modern dance, staging, humor and acrobatic stunts, Amaluna takes this circus show to new, heightened levels that will leave you awestruck (aka jaw wide open and you can’t move because your heart skipped several beats during the last act!). However, if this doesn’t sound like enough excitement (or you’re still not sure if this show will hold your little one’s attention), Amaluna throws in a tight rope walker who walks in high heels (yes, we said heels and they’re at least 2-inches!), a juggler who juggles numerous balls as they fall from the sky, an acrobat who launches himself off a teeterboard and lands in a handstand on another performer’s upturned palms, and a group of performers who spin in unison (on their backs!) from platforms of upturned feet. Yes, there are more than enough OMG moments to keep the wiggliest of kids entertained!
Luckily, these high-intensity tricks are broken up (so you can catch your breath) by some great comic relief from two clowns who fall in love, and give birth to mini-clown babies on stage! Did we forget to mention the cycle of life is also thrown into this over the top circus production? Don’t worry–it’s G rated. Kids will think the clowns (who make funny noises to depict life happenings) are just being silly. Parents, on the other hand, will be laughing for completely different reasons. And speaking of sound, the rockin’ music which is performed by an all female band (a Cirque first!) is contemporary yet unique, incorporating guitars, bass, drums, cello, keyboards and vocals.
What’s the scene like inside the Big Top?
If you want to know if the set is kid-friendly (meaning it won’t scare your kiddo on the way in), we can tell you the inside of the Big Top is decorated like a mysterious jungle with gigantic bamboo-like branches and large peacock feathers. Kids will feel like they’re sitting in a page out of the The Jungle Book which makes Amaluna that much more kid-friendly, and the perfect show for anyone who wants to escape for a few hours to a make-believe world filled with underwater action and unimaginable tricks!
- Parking is $15 (cash) at Marymoor Park. No plastic!
- Strollers are not allowed inside the Big Top so leave them behind.
- The seat rows are fairly close together so take the items you can’t live without and leave everything else behind.
- Restrooms are located outside the entrance tent so bring along a rain coat or umbrella if the skies are unforgiving. During intermission, the restroom lines can get long. Instead of grabbing a spot in the first line, walk to the back and hit the last row. You’ll be in and out a lot faster!
- The show appeals to children of all ages, though fidgety toddlers may find it hard to sit through the entire two and half-hour show (which includes a 30-minute intermission). If that happens, get up, stretch your legs, and explore the entrance tent outside the Big Top. You will find information about other Cirque du Soleil shows and cool souvenir stands with everything from t-shirts and CDs of original show music to Amaluna maracas, masks, and programs.
- Refreshments and snacks are available in the entrance tent and are allowed inside the Big Top. No outside food or drink is allowed, but we did see kids with sippy cups and plastic snack bags.
- No photography (of any kind!) is allowed inside the Big Top so leave your fancy camera behind. If you want to grab a keepsake photo, bring your iPhone and grab a pic in front of the iconic blue-and-yellow striped tents or inside the entrance tent donning a cool mask.
- During the show, sound effects do get loud and the lighting dark, so prepare sensitive ears and eyes for what’s expected. It wouldn’t hurt to bring along a pair of ear plugs and install a flashlight app on your iPhone–just in case.
January 31 – March 17
Tickets range from $33 to $133.50
Discount tickets are available for children ages 2-12
Babes in arms and kids under 2 (on laps) are Free
What do you think of this new Cirque du Soleil show? Will you be taking your kiddo to see it? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
Photo credit: Laurence Labat/Cirque du Soleil